The North Coast is very spectacular with cliffs, caves and arches. There’s lots of opportunity to kayak along the magnificent tidal River Foyle. Stretching over 53km from the start of the River Foyle to the Atlantic Ocean, the Foyle Canoe Trail runs through rural countryside, the historic walled city of Derry-Londonderry, along Lough Foyle’s varied coastline to the bustling seaside town of Moville. Paddlers will enjoy a mix of water conditions, from flat water to sea lough and - since the trail is tidal - the river section can even be paddled upstream! The East Coast has their own charms with strong tides and beautiful backdrop scenery such as the Glens of Antrim. Rounding Fair Head is definitely the most spectacular piece of coastal paddling that Northern Ireland has to offer. Torr Head is the shortest distance from Scotland and a good place to paddle from. However, tides need to be carefully calculated as they are powerful through the North Channel. The North Antrim Coast’s Canoe Trail stretches 100km from Magilligan to Waterfoot along the North Coast’s rugged headlands and spectacular sandy beaches. The trail has been designed for canoeists by canoeists
There is good cliff scenery and rock hopping between Portstewart and Portrush. From Portballintrae to Dunsevrick, the paddling continues to inspire with the Giant’s Causeway and Benbane and Bengore Heads. Rathlin is a very committing paddle as it is bounded with strong tide races and often is exposed to large Atlantic swells. However, the coastal scenery is unsurpassed and a trip around it (normally undertaken clockwise due to tidal streams) is a memorable experience. Camping is possible in Church Bay but more secluded on the East side at Illancarragh Bay.
When to go?
Year round, but is best from February to October. From October Rivers are popular for white water Kayaking and Rafting.
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